Everything You Need To Know About Dirty Brunette Hair

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Dirty Brunette: The Golden Brown Hair Trend Everyone Is Trying

11 December 2018
Dirty Brunette Hair
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

As 2018 comes to an end and the new year approaches, many of us are deciding whether or not to hop on the “new year, new me” bandwagon. While the motto can be a great motivator as you work towards new goals in the upcoming year, many of us aren’t looking to try something new—just something better. If you’re looking to switch up your hair color for 2019 but can’t imagine parting with your dark brown hair, we have just the hue for you: the dirty brunette hair trend.

In fact, 2018 hasn’t even officially come to an end and colorists have already dubbed dirty brunette the hottest color of 2019. Once you see this golden take on the classic shade, you’ll understand why.

What is the dirty brunette hair trend?

Dirty brunette is essentially the opposite of dirty blonde hair. Instead of having a blonde shade expertly blended with brunette lowlights, dirty brunette hair consists of a brunette base topped with warm golden highlights. This shade allows you to have all of the depth brown hues are known for combined with the warmth of blonde shades—without the high maintenance upkeep.
Much like dirty blonde hair, the point of dirty brunette hair is to have a natural-looking hue that appears warm and dimensional but is a breeze to care for and grow out. To create this shade, your colorist will simply paint golden highlights over your brunette locks for a result that is still distinctly brunette. It’s no longer “new year, new hair,” but “new year, better hair.”

How do you care for dirty brunette hair?

Even though dirty brunette hair is a fairly low maintenance hue, you’ll still need to make some changes to your hair care routine.
First, we recommend swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated to protect your color. We suggest the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner system. The shampoo and conditioner are formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam to help protect color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy.

Next, we suggest incorporating a nourishing deep conditioning mask into your weekly hair care routine. Even though blonde is not your final hue, your colorist will likely have to use bleach to create your golden highlights. It’s important to note that bleach will always damage your hair, but a hair care professional can help minimize the look and feel of the damage. We recommend Matrix’s Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Hair Mask. This single-use formula intensely nourishes, revitalizes, and strengthens hair in just 60 seconds.

The beauty of low-maintenance hair colors is that you’re not expected to head back to the salon as often for touch-ups, but that doesn’t mean you can completely abandon your salon schedule. Instead of heading to the salon every six to eight weeks for root touch-ups, you may be able to stretch out your appointment every 12 to 16 weeks. Your stylist will come up with the optimal schedule to keep your locks in tip-top shape.

How does dirty brunette hair look best?

The best thing about dirty brunette hair is that it’s meant to enhance your natural color, which means you don’t have to make any changes to the haircut you know and love to absolutely slay this shade. If you’re looking to be a bit more daring with your haircut than you are with your hair color, however, we recommend a shag cut. We have it on good authority that it’s going to be the hottest haircut of 2019
Whatever you decide, we want to see your warm color. Use the hashtag #hairdotcom to tag us in your posts.

Interested in having a professional give you flawless dirty brunette hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.
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